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World Physiotherapy Day Update

Thanks to my Physio Campaign 2015

The ISCP is delighted to be taking part in World Physiotherapy Day (WPD) on this coming September 8th 2015. The day is an opportunity for Chartered Physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

Previous years have seen many Chartered Physiotherapists working hard to make their mark on this event, and in 2015 the Society aims to harness these previous efforts and drive a cohesive national communications campaign to celebrate the incredible work Physiotherapists do for patients.

The campaign centres on a competition entitled ‘Thanks to my Physio’, which content for has been considered by national media. Supporting the WCPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy) World Physiotherapy Day message, ‘Fulfilling Potential’, it invites service users to come forward and tell their stories of how physiotherapy has benefited them and allowed them to fulfil their goals.

Examples of this include

  • A patient who suffered from a severe brain clot leaving her with epilepsy and scar tissue on the brain who then returned to training in Track and Field and attained a full student-athlete scholarship to America
  • A father being able to cope with having COPD and being capable of looking after his 15 year old son
  • A 17 year old completing his Leaving Cert and returning to playing football after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome and suffering from temporary paralysis.

Patient Katie O’Brien spoke to Newstalk FM last year regarding her rowing achievements in the face of Spina Bifida, citing her physiotherapy care as critical in allowing her to reach her goals and train to compete in the 2016 Paralympics.

We are now seeking patient stories of this nature to feed the campaign. Prizes are offered to those who take part which will include courses of physiotherapy treatment.

Full details are available to members of ISCP in the Members Area of the Website. Click here to access

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